UGA Horticulture Department

Welcome Dr. Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva

We would like to welcome Dr. Andre Luiz Biscaia Ribeiro da Silva (adasilva@uga.edu) to our department. He is based in Tifton and will be providing extension and research support to the vegetable industry. He obtained a Bachelor in Agronomy and a Master of Sciences in Agronomy with a major in vegetable production from the State University of Maringa, Brazil. After obtaining a Ph.D. in the Horticultural Sciences Department of the University of Florida, he comes to UGA from a post-doctoral research position at the University of Florida where he conducted research on the development of new best management practices for irrigation and fertilization of various crops. He has used his knowledge of different irrigation methods, fertilizer management, and crop modeling to address crop production issues of potato, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, dry beans, corn and soybeans. We are pleased to welcome Andre and his family to our community.

Marc van Iersel named Fellow of ASHS

Dr. Marc van Iersel, Dooley Professor of Horticulture, was named a Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science at the 2018 annual conference in Washington, DC. Election as a Fellow of the society is the highest honor that ASHS can bestow on its members, in recognition of truly outstanding contributions to horticulture and the Society. Marc van Iersel was recognized for his groundbreaking research in applied plant physiology and controlled environment agriculture. His research achievements are reflected in a prolific publication record, with more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. van Iersel combines his passions for plant science with a genuine desire to mentor students, having served as a major advisor to two dozen graduate students. His consistent and broad-reaching service to ASHS demonstrates his commitment to the mission of the Society. Dr. van Iersel has been recognized several times for his impactful research, as well as his influence on students.

Public Open House UGA Trial Gardens

Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and workers and volunteers are pruning, watering and collecting data on annuals and perennials at the Trial Gardens at UGA. The garden will host their annual public open house on Saturday, July 21 from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. “It’s a plant party,” says garden manager Brandon Coker.

Although the garden is open to the public every day of the year, the public open house gives friends and fans a special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the garden and have their plant or garden questions answered by Coker and Dr. John Ruter, garden director, plant breeder, and author.

The garden is home to the newest varieties of plants from breeders across the country. The plants are being trialed for their ability to withstand the unpredictable, hot, and humid summertime climate of the southeast. Visitors can check out new varieties of annuals and perennials like hibiscus, ornamental peppers, Calibrachoas, and hundreds of other plants. This summer, the garden has over 350 plants on trial and countless perennials from growers across the country.

The event is open to anyone from avid gardeners to people who simply enjoy strolling through a colorful and lush garden. “Some may have been gardeners for 50 years, some may have started gardening this past spring. But either way, it’s a good opportunity for gardeners to come mingle and learn more about the newest varieties,” says Coker.

The open house is pet and kid friendly, so bring the whole family for a day in the garden. Hokulia shave ice will have a tent set up for visitors to grab a cool treat while they peruse the garden. A $5 donation is suggested to help keep the garden maintained.

For more information, contact Brandon Coker bcoker20@uga.edu

Two Horticulture Faculty Recognized For Outstanding Teaching

Dr. Paul Thomas and Dr. Tim Smalley were both recently recognized by the University of Georgia with 2018 Outstanding Teaching Faculty Awards at this year’s Faculty Recognition Banquet.  The Horticulture Department was represented with two out of the six in the college awards, including including Dr. Maria Navarro, Dr. Marianne Shockley, Dr. Kylee Jo Duberstein and Dr. Brian H Kiepper. The banquet was held at the Continuing Education Center on April 16th and included a nice dinner with the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Samuel Pardue.

Dr. Marc van Iersel’s startup company featured in UGA’s Columns newspaper

Marc van Iersel and Erico Mattos discuss ongoing supplemental lighting research.

Marc van Iersel and Erico Mattos discuss ongoing supplemental lighting research. Picture by Dorothy Kozlowski, University of Georgia.

Candidus Inc., a company co-founded by Drs. Marc van Iersel and Erico Mattos was featured in UGA’s columns newspaper and on-line. The story discusses the role of UGA’s Innovation Gateway in helping to get Candidus, Inc. off the ground. Innovation Gateway focuses on transferring technologies developed at UGA into the marketplace. Candidus, Inc. was founded to commercialize ‘smart’ supplemental lighting control systems, developed in Dr. van Iersel’s Horticultural Physiology Laboratory. The research that led to the development of the technology and founding of Candidus, Inc. was funded by the Georgia Research Alliance, with help from Innovation Gateway.

You can read the full story here:

Innovation Gateway transitions technologies into products

“Without Innovation Gateway, this would have just been a really cool idea and a bunch of academic papers.” — Marc van Iersel

Horticulture Graduate Students Receive Research Awards

Congratulations to UGA Hort students Geoffrey Weaver, Connor Ryan and Kaitlin Barrios whom took 3 out of the 5 competition awards during the Bryson James Student Research Competition. Here is the press release from Nursery Management magazine:

Atlanta, Ga. – Five students from two universities were presented cash awards totaling $1,800 for their presentations at the Bryson L. James Student Competition. The competition took place during the 62nd SNA Research Conference, and the awards were presented on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md.

The competition, sponsored by Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery and Lancaster Farms, is named in honor of Dr. Bryson L. James, McMinnville, Tenn., a researcher and consultant who served as SNA Director of Research for more than 30 years. Any student of a university or college having researchers that participate in the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference and not more than a one academic year has passed since their graduation and whose research was completed prior to graduation can participate in the competition. Judging is based on paper preparation and oral presentation. The competition is divided into three categories of Ph.D., M.S., and B.S.

First place winners of $500 each included:
Geoffrey Weaver, University of Georgia (Ph.D.)
Title: Modeling energy-efficient lighting strategies for petunia and impatiens using chlorophyll fluorescence and historical weather data

Connor Ryan, University of Georgia (M.S.)
Title: Susceptability of Sarcococca Taxa to Boxwood Blight Caused by Calonextria pseudonaviculata

Second place winners of $300 each included:
Md Niamul Kibir, Tennessee State University (Ph.D.)
Title: Effect of fungicides and biorational products on Phytophthora root rot of hydrangea cultivars

Matthew Brown, Tennessee State University (M.S.)
Title: Evaluation of fungicides and biofungicides for control of Phytophthora cinnamomi on flood-stressed flowering dogwoods

Third place winners of $200 each included:
Kaitlin Barrios, University of Georgia (Ph.D.)
Title: Mutagenesis of Illicium parviflorum for Novel Phenotypes

In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.

Outstanding representation Hort Dawgs!

Photo courtesy SNA. 2018 Bryson L. James Student Competition Awards Winners pictured from left to right: Geoffrey Weaver, Md Niamul Kibir, Kaitlin Barrios, Connor Ryan, and Matthew Brown

Hort Faculty Receive Publication Awards from SR-ASHS

 

Congratulations  are in order for eight of our faculty for being awarded a total of five outstanding Extension publication awards they authored and published in 2017.  The recognitions were presented at the Southern Region meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science.  Dr. Tim Coolong, Dr. George Boyhan, Dr. Susanne Stone, Dr. Pam Knox, Dr. Erick Smith, and Dr. Bodie Pennisi each received one award and Dr. Matthew Chappell received two Extension Blue Ribbon Awards!  Dr. Bodie Pennisi was voted In as President Elect for the 2019 SR-ASHS Presidency also. The annual meeting this year was held in Jacksonville Florida.  UGA swept five publication categories this year and will have a Hort faculty member as President. Well done colleagues!

Van Iersel Awarded the 2018 Porter Henegar Memorial Award by SNA Board

Dr. Marc van Iersel, Professor, University of Georgia, Athens Campus, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Porter Henegar Memorial Award!!!

Marc van Iersel was born in the Netherlands and exposed to horticulture at a young age, playing in his grandfather’s flower shop and greenhouses. He studied horticulture in the Netherlands, where he received his MS degree in 1989. He then came to the US and received his PhD from the University of Arkansas in 1994. He has been with horticulture department of the University of Geor­gia since 1995, where he now holds the Dooley professorship.

His current research focuses on cost-effective supplemental lighting technologies in greenhouses and vertical farms. He does so by studying plant physiological responses to different light intensities and spectra. The goal is to develop crop-specific, cost-effective lighting protocols. Past research focused on efficient irrigation and fertilization in the production of ornamental plants. He has pub­lished 120+ scientific papers and has given invited lectures about his research around the world, including in Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Kenya, Canada, Chile, and Brazil.

In 1969, an Award of Merit was created to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural research and, more specifically, to SNA. In 1972, the SNA Board of Directors resolved that the Award of Merit would be renamed the Porter Henegar Memorial Award for Horticultural Research in memory of the late Porter Henegar, Past Executive Secretary of SNA (1959 – 1972), to commemorate his years of tireless effort and service to the SNA. The recipient is selected annually by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry

The SNA Board of Directors also honors individuals that have served this association and the nursery industry in various capacities throughout the years and have made outstanding contributions during their active participation in the Southern Nursery Association with honorary membership awards. This year, one deserving industry member has been selected to receive an SNA Honorary Member Award. He has, no doubt, made outstanding contributions to the association and the

indus­try during his participation in the Southern Nursery Association.

Congratulations Dr. van Iersel!

 

Horticulture Department Head Position Announced

Professor and Department Head, Horticulture Position Announced.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences seeks candidates for the position of professor and head of the Department of Horticulture. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position. The successful candidate will be expected to administer and coordinate high-quality teaching, research and Extension programs while playing a proactive role in increasing extramural support for these programs. Specific responsibilities include faculty recruitment, management and leadership; student recruitment; faculty performance evaluations; the coordination of promotion and tenure procedures; program planning and implementation; budget management; and management of physical facilities, including both laboratory and field facilities. The individual will also work effectively with faculty, representing the department among university and agency administrators, industry clientele, and state and federal personnel. The department head (or their designee) has oversight over field units supporting research, teaching and outreach.

Minimum Qualifications
• A doctorate in horticulture, plant biology or related
biological sciences, with demonstrated excellence in
teaching, research and/or extension.
• The successful applicant must qualify for the rank
of professor.
Preferred Qualifications
• Higher education administrative experience.
• Evidence of creative and innovative leadership.
• Demonstrated success in procuring extramural funding.
• Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Applications
Applications received by February 1, 2018, will be assured
full consideration; however, screening will continue until the
position is filled. Applicants should submit documentation
electronically at facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/3253.
To apply, submit: (1) a formal letter stating the applicant’s
qualifications for the position and a statement of leadership
philosophy; (2) a current resume that includes a list of
publications; and (3) a list of four references with contact
information including email addresses. References will
not be contacted without further communication with the
applicant. Salary is commensurate with qualifications, and a
comprehensive benefits package is included.
The Department of Horticulture
Research, teaching and Extension faculty (32), students
(30 graduate, 61 undergraduate and 21 organic agriculture
certificate program) and staff (45) are located on the
Athens, Tifton and Griffin campuses. Through research and
Extension, the department supports Georgia’s large and
diverse horticulture industry, which has a farmgate value of
$1.4 billion. Departmental programs include plant breeding,
genetics and genomics; plant physiology; postharvest biology;
plant production management; resource management; and
native plant conservation. Faculty members work on a vast
array of fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, herbs, medicinal
plants, endangered native species and row crops.
Outstanding graduate programs leading to either master’s or
doctoral degrees are supported by a large graduate faculty
with diverse research programs and broad disciplinary
expertise. The department hosts a large Extension program
focused on applied research to address the needs of farmers
and the public in Georgia and worldwide.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.

Here is the link to the Application Site…    https://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/3253

JOB PROSPECTUS: PROFESSOR AND
DEPARTMENT HEAD, HORTICULTURE
For more information, visit caes.uga.edu/departments/horticulture.html.
Nominations are encouraged and accepted. All nominations and inquiries should be directed to Search Committee
Chair and Department of Entomology Head Kris Braman at kbraman@uga.edu or (706) 542-2816.

 

Horticulture Major Ruqayah Bhuiyan Accepts Internship With NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Horticulture Major Ruqayah Bhuiyan Accepts Internship With NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Ruqayah Bhuiyan, Horticulture major and current Tau Chapter President of PAX, has been accepted into the NASA Internship Program at the Kennedy Space Center!!! This is a very competitive six-month paid internship beginning in January. “The goal of this research is to develop optimized food crop growth systems for future NASA exploration missions. Researchers may investigate plant growth responses to LED lighting, nutrient recipes, and water delivery methods for application in microgravity. New crops for space will be tested. Research may also address plant/microbial interactions and food safety implications. Other research areas that may be involved include chemical analysis, bioinformatics, robotics, 3-D printing, and sensors for control systems. Projects will utilize controlled environmental conditions and hardware relevant to NASA’s Veggie and Advanced Plant Habitat growth chambers for the International Space Station and future food production systems.” What a great opportunity. Well done Ruqayah! 

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